Gilfillan Farm

Goat Barn

All of the identified structures on the Gilfillan Farm property are in need of varying levels of restoration work. It is the mission of the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair to restore the historic buildsings and reconstruct those that are no longer standing, to the standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Built in 1855

Goats, Goats, Goats!

Located near the Big Barn, this building has housed pigs and rams. Currently, the Goat Barn is home to Horses with Hope's goats.

Restoration Work to Date

  • New roof 2009
  • New gutters 2012

Future Work & Estimated Costs

  • Repaint the barn- TBD

Small Barn, Big Asset

The goat barn at Gilfillan Farm is the smallest barn on the property and was used to house the smaller livestock. Regardless of its size, the goat barn has been a big asset to the farm.

In the 1800's and 1900's, it was common for farms to raise a large variety of livestock. Some animals were used for work and transportation. Others were used as food producers for items such as milk, eggs, meats, and poultry. Some animals were even used for breeding or producers of textiles such as wool.

During the Gilfillan's time on the farm, pigs and rams were likely raised for meat. Also, rams would have been used for their wool coats which could have been sold, bartered, or used for clothing production. Goats are raised for milk and meat, and were even used as a way to control brush in the pastures. The goats that are currently housed in the goat barn are used for education and therapeutic purposes.

Since the farm was acquired by the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair, the goat barn has undergone some necessary maintenance. A new roof and gutters were installed. HSUSC intends to repaint the building in the future.
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